KOLKATA: Political violence has once again shown its ugly head in West Bengal as the state gears up for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and 91 municipalities’ elections.
West Bengal headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is encountering massive political violence as ruling TMC and opposition parties traded charges and counter-charges.
The Opposition team including the Left, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have accused the ruling TMC of unleashing a reign of terror to stop them from filing nominations and campaign at the time of the polls.
The TMC on the other hand denied all charges made by the Opposition and alleged that the Opposition was only trying to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in West Bengal.
“Such a situation has never been created before where the Opposition candidates are not allowed to file nominations. Even if they file it, they are forced to withdraw. The TMC does not believe in democracy, which is why they opted for violence and unfair means to scamper the Opposition,” said the CPI(M) State Secretary Surya Kanta Mishra.
Also the Opposition leader, Mishra stated that the upcoming KMC polls on April 18 and municipal polls on April 25 are also expected to witness some violence initiated by TMC.
“TMC are firm of not letting free and fair polls take place. But, at the same time, we have full faith on the masses and we would not allow them to have a free run,” he said.
Ridiculing the charges made on Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, State Food and Civil Supplies Minister and senior party leader Jyotipriyo Mullick said, “Politically bankrupt CPI(M) is trying to make violence an issue as they have lost the public support.”
Mullick further charged CPI(M) of raising false allegations against his party. “All the allegations against us are baseless and the fact that they are making such accusations prove of a democratic atmosphere in the state. During their rule for 34 years, the Opposition was not even allowed to speak. They know that they are going to lose.”